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With the announcement of the Touch SDK, Adobe also announced their three companion apps for Photoshop CS5 on the iPad. While Adobe Lava and Eazel bring new and exciting ways to play with color and form on the iPad, and send that information to Photoshop, it's Adobe Nav that's the real workhorse in the mix and to us, the best of the three apps.
All three apps connect via Wi-Fi with Photoshop's built-in Remote Connections feature new to Photoshop CS5.5. You can connect via an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network, or a network Wi-Fi connection.
The app displays the most used Adobe tools, the color palette, screen mode, and an Actual Pixels button. Your iPad just became an additional monitor for Photoshop with access to your toolbar.
Quickly edit the tools you're using with just a few taps
If you're a hot-key master, these might not be of much use to you, but you can edit the tools to switch out for tools you might not know the hot-key combination or tools without keyboard shortcuts.
Dealing large stacks of camera images just got easier
While that's impressive, for users that deal with multiple images open at once--especially images from cameras with their DSC-numerical names--Adobe Nav will also display all the open images in Photoshop on the iPad in a helpful grid.
Need to switch to that photo of the dog wearing a tutu? You can quickly scan your iPad, find the image, tap on it and it becomes the foreground image in Photoshop. Awesome.
Adobe Nav only works with Adobe Photoshop CS5.5. Our test device was the iPad 1 so we're guessing that it'll work on both versions of the iPad when finally released. The release date is early May and it could cost anywhere from $1.99 to $4.99.
We'll have a full review soon on MacLife.com.